The “Master in Advanced European and International Studies” provides an overarching and extensive view of the political, social, economic and cultural issues of the present times. Its encompassing teaching method helps the students to gain a complete understanding of international politics. The programme follows an original approach that distinguishes it from other Master's courses in European Studies and International Relations: the Mediterranean branch is taught in English and French and in three different study-locations -Nice, Tunis and Istanbul-. The programme is structured into three terms.
The first term (October to January) starts in the European Union, in Nice, France. It is composed of classes on the basics of all four modules -Conflict Management and Peace Making, Sustainable Development and Climate Action, Regional Integration and Transformation, Mediterranean Politics and Societies-. Studying in France helps students to analyse the EU perspective upon Mediterranean Politics.
The second term (January to April) starts in Tunis, Tunisia. Our cooperation partner - the Université Internationale de Tunis – counts among the best private universities in the Maghreb. Experts from the region and the field of Mediterranean Studies will analyse Euro-Mediterranean challenges in times of transformation and globalisation. A special focus will be on youth policies in the Mediterranean. Studying in Tunisia provides the students with a unique experience of a historic democratisation process that turns into a role model throughout the MENA region.
The programme concludes in Istanbul, Turkey (April to July). The city of Istanbul with its rich cultural heritage and its bustling atmosphere offers an unforgettable experience. Our partner is the Istanbul Bilgi University, one of the best universities of Turkey. Here, special focus will be given to Sustainable Development and Climate Action, as well as to Project Management classes. In Istanbul the last weeks of the programme will be left at the students’ disposal to work on their thesis. The programme concludes with the defence of the theses, final exams and a graduation ceremony. Students who successfully complete the programme acquire 60 ECTS credits and they are awarded the degree of «Policy officer in European and international organizations» recognised by the French state as a degree at Master level.
Conflict Management and Peace Making
The Mediterranean is a case study par excellence for Peace and Conflict Studies. Understanding and explaining questions of war and peace has been at the heart of „International Relations“ as an academic discipline – from its very beginning, after the First World War. In the last two decades Mediterranean societies have been significantly affected by inter-group violence and inter-state conflicts: from the Western Balkans to Cyprus, from Israel to Palestine, from Syria to Lybia. Mediterranean conflicts are partly characterised by external interventions. The module will focus at causes and dynamics of escalation and de-escalation, including international law and peace-making in a multiperspective approach. Theories on violence and peace will help to analyse the case studies proposed.
Sustainable development and Climate Action
The Mediterranean in the 21st century faces unprecedented economic, environmental and social challenges. As economic development exercises increased pressure on limited resources, deteriorates the environment and creates growing inequalities, Mediterranean economies struggle to find their way through these challenges. An introduction into economics as an academic discipline will set the ground for a regional analysis of sustainable development, energy policies, climate action and demographic dynamics.
Regional integration and transformation
The European Union became a model of regional integration. Nation states agreed to transform their sovereignity into a multi-level governance system sui generis to keep regional peace, increase welfare and economic power. How is the dynamic architecture of European institutions functioning – in times of both Europeanisation and Euroscepticism? And to what extent are the Arab League or the Union for the Mediterranean comparable models of regional integration? Regional integration is primarily an elite-driven, government-sponsored transformation process. However, socio-economic and political change can be triggered by civil society and social movements, as the „Arab Spring“ has shown transregionally in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Change and continuity differ significantly in the MENA-region. Why? And which repercussions for the Union for the Mediterranean?
Mediterranean Politics and Societies
Mediterranean Politics are shaped by an interplay of different policy fields and policy actors. Theories of International Relations (i.e. Foreign Policy Analysis, Migration Theories) will help to understand the dynamics of policy making towards and in the Mediterranean region. Migration constitutes a challenging and complex policy field throughout the Mediterranean. In a second part of this module we will approach Mediterranean societies with a generational focus upon „youth“. The current number of youth in the Mediterranean is unprecedented. Meanwhile, youth unemployment is a phenomenon that nearly all Mediterranean societies have in common. At the crossroads of theory and practice this module will identify solutions to the challenges the young generation faces in the Mediterranean.
Applications and Scholarships
Candidates can submit their application dossier by using the form available on the Institute’s website. They should also include all the relevant documents, or send them by post or e-mail. An academic committee meets regularly in order to review complete applications. A limited number of scholarship funds can be awarded to particularly qualified candidates to cover some of the costs related to studies or accommodation.
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